Pier, Perhentian Besar

The Perhentians, a Little Tropical Paradise

The Perhentians are a small archipelago off the coast of North-Eastern Malaysia. The two main islands are Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (meaning big and small Perhentian island, respectively). We were there at the end of August, which is in the wet season, but the weather was incredibly good during the days, with thunderstorms arriving only in the …

Trani Harbour at twilight

Postcards from Apulia

Apulia (Puglia in Italian) is Italy’s southeasternmost region, corresponding to the heel of the boot that the Italian peninsula resembles, and it’s a region of amazing beauty and traditions. For some unfathomable reason, I had only been there as a teenager, then only in its capital city, Bari, in a couple occasions when I was traveling for work and I …

Panorama of Matera at night

Matera, the City Hewn Into the Rock

Matera might not be the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of Italy, but in my opinion it shouldn’t be overlooked when doing a tour of its southern part, because it is stunning and absolutely unique. To begin with, Matera is one of the oldest, continuously inhabited settlements in the world, having been called home by people …

Closing the Gap Masterclass

Great photos need so much more than f-stops and shutter speeds

Did you ever find yourself thinking one of those thoughts? “Photography makes me feel alive. I never get tired of shooting!” “Oh, this sucks. Didn’t turn out at the way I saw it!” “Trying to find my style! Aaarrgghhhhh this is so difficult.” “If I think of my hard drive and all the courses and videos I bought? Embarrassing.” Let’s …

Buddhist monk in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

A Story About Karma and Photography

Do you believe in karma? Honestly, I don’t. If you do, feel free to attribute this story to it. When visiting Angkor Wat last week, I made a small donation to a Buddhist monk, who tied this red string to my wrist. Legend has it that those strings are bringers of good luck. A few days later, while in Singapore, …

Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, MoMA, New York

Jack Of All Trades, Master Of Some

In the past, through articles and emails and speeches, most notably in the recent talk I gave at the Out Of Chicago Photography Conference, whose recording you can find here, I mentioned the Helsinki Bus Station Theory, first introduced by Finnish photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen. The theory is a metaphor of the life of an artist and of a photographer in …